Rapha's Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit will keep you toasty

All-in-one winter riding solution for high-tempo heroes

Can the search for aero gains continue through winter? Rapha's asking that question with its new Pro Team Thermal Aerosuit, an all-in-one garment that combines the benefits of their Pro Team Jacket and Winter Tights in a single toasty package.

It's only available in black – no Rapha pink, yet – and costs an eye-watering £320 / $440 / AU$580, but we're intrigued by the idea. When the weather's grim, could there be anything better to clamber into for that high-tempo training ride? We'll find out and report back.

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That looks damn toasty to us: that looks damn toasty to us
That looks damn toasty to us: that looks damn toasty to us
Looks pretty toasty

Rapha says the Thermal Aerosuit combines the best elements of its Pro Team range's cold-weather gear, beginning with a windproof and weather-resistant shell covering the arms and front courtesy of the Pro Team Jacket, plus a breathable jersey fabric across the back.

The lower half of the suit is a modified version of the Pro Team Winter Tights; the legs are lined with a 'waffle print' fabric that has a much higher surface area than flat-faced fabric. In theory, this means more heat can be trapped and more sweat wicked away from the skin. The chamois is the same as used in Rapha's Pro Team Bib Shorts.

Subtle reflective detailing is included on the legs: subtle reflective detailing is included on the legs
Subtle reflective detailing is included on the legs: subtle reflective detailing is included on the legs
Strategic reflective detailing is included

Storage-wise, there are three rear pockets with plenty of flapjack space, and reflective detailing is included in strategic places to improve visibility. A low-friction zip with a thick tab should be easy to use when wearing gloves – just remember to make them black ones, or else it will look a bit 'jazz hands'.

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Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Kona Cindercone
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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